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Adult Education

Welcome to Adult Education at Synagogue Emanu-El! All classes are free and open to the public.

Emanu-El University meets Tuesday nights from 7-9PM, from September through May. Two yearlong classes are offered:

  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah meets from 7:00-8:00PM. Pam Coyle and Rabbi Rosenbaum will teach students to read Torah and Haftarah for the first time. No experience necessary! The Adult B'nai Mitzvah service typically takes place in mid-May each year. This May, we are excited to celebrate this milestone with congregants for the eighth year in a row.
  • Judaism 101 meets from 8:00-9:00PM. Rabbi Rosenbaum leads students through a range of topics such as Shabbat, holidays, Kashrut, Jewish history and philosophy. This introductory-level class is appropriate for anyone learning about Judaism for the first time, looking for a refresher course, and for those seeking to convert to Judaism.

We will add more Emanu-El University courses during the year. These next two courses will take place on Tuesdays from September 12th-November 14th:

  • Introduction to Hebrew Reading. Taught by Isaac Cohen. This class will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00PM.
  • The Jews of Spain and Arab Lands. Taught by Isaac Cohen, Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00PM. Dr. Cohen is the great-grandson of Meir Shmuel Castel, the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Hebron (Judea) murdered in the 1929 Arab pogrom and was born in Egypt of French-cultured parents. He went to college in France, retired and presently is Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. In 1956, following the Suez campaign, his family, like most Jews in Egypt, was expelled and expropriated, and they settled in Israel. Sephardic Jews represent less than 5 % of American Jewry and these lectures will shed light on how their forefathers lived in Spain whether as Jews or anusim, i.e. coerced converts. As for Jews in the Arab world, there were 850,000 refugees following the wars of Israel with the Arabs. The Arab world is now practically jüdenrein, “clean of Jews”, a term used in Nazi Germany.

The following classes are ongoing:

A Touch of the Bavli is an introductory-level Talmud class that meets Thursdays from 9:15-10:15AM from September through May. Rabbi Rosenbaum teaches students basic Talmudic concepts and passages from the tractate of Berakhot (blessings).

Danish & D'rash meets weekly on Saturdays from 9:00-9:30AM, immediately prior to Shabbat morning services. Rabbi Rosenbaum leads participants in a brief discussion of themes of the weekly Torah portion. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and a sweet treat as we talk Torah!


Mon, May 21 2018 7 Sivan 5778